1985 / Director. Walter Hill
To my delight I came across a copy of Brewster's Millions in a bargain bin for $2. Score! It has been years since I've seen it but watching it again the other night, I realised that I knew it well. I'm pretty sure I had a copy taped off the TV on VHS (commercials included) as a kid and I obviously watched it enough to feel a sense of nostalgia all these years later. Richard Pryor was at the height of his career then this movie was made. He had already made a string of hits and when Brewsters Millions came along he was a bankable name. He plays a down on his luck minor league baseball player who stands to inherit $300M. The catch is that to claim this fortune he must spend $30M in 7 days without retaining any assets... and so it's a fairly generic comedy, but with John Candy by his side and a great cameo from Hume Cronyn, the movie works. It plays out very much like any of the Adam Sandler movies of today, only this shows you how TO do it. It's got a great mid 80's aesthetic that puts it in good company with the likes of Trading Places and Splash. Walter Hill directs with Joel Silver and Laurence Gordon producing... it's somewhat of a departure from their usual action movies... also, few people know that Brewster's Millions is one of several adaptations based on a novel from the early 1900's. I haven't seen any of those but I think the contemporary setting of this version works well, particularly with the state of corporate greed going on in the States at the time... And so anyway, for a $2 find, Brewster's Millions is a winner!